Posts Tagged ‘cloud reader’

[my] summer of code

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

iconIn preparation for several iPhone application development gigs which have lined up for the summer I’m getting back into my previous projects. Specifically, I’m going to get Follower and Pinwheel ready for release and am looking to push them out to the AppStore in the next month or so.

Also, as an exercise to get working with a web API I’m building an iPhone native client for SHIFD, called Slide. Right now it’s overly simplistic, but I much prefer the native app to the mobile web app. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it as a learning project or also invest the time and resources to make it another released application.

All this is in service to building out cloudreader.me, the online version of the CloudReader generative text animation project. I’d like to make that something available sometime.

1-2-10: Cloud Reader revised interface

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

layout04 The consensus from the brief review of the interface comps last week was to simplify. Trying to put everything on one screen was confusing, and I had lost a clear hierarchy in the design. This revision takes those comments into consideration. I’m still playing with the treatment of the masthead and of the button layout.

It’s not there yet, but I think I’m getting closer. (more…)

1-2-10: Cloud Reader interface comps

Monday, April 20th, 2009

cloud-reader-splashThe first web interface wireframes for Cloud Reader. Overall comments: too busy, too complicated for what is supposed to be a simple service. Good advice, back to the sketching. (more…)

1-2-10: Cloud Reader logos

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Some exploration of possible logos for the Cloud Reader project. I think the silhouette of the cloud is a bit literal, but most responses from the class were supportive of it.

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The first version of the logo. Many people indicated that it reads as “cloud beader”.


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my first iphone app :)

Monday, January 12th, 2009

(i was going for a fisher-price approach with the title…)

regardless, i’ve finally gotten around to iPhone development. my developer account was approved last week, and apple happily took my $99 in exchange for slightly greater access to their website and an application code signing certificate. in preparation, i’ve been reading the requisite docs on objective-c, cocoa and iphone application programming. also, working on golden cheetah got me comfortable (sort of) coding in xcode.
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oh, hello there.

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

oops. school’s out and i’ve completely ignored documentation. looking to correct that, please accept the following communiqué:

the winter show went very well – it seemed that cloud reader was well received. most of the favorable comments were split among two categories…those which really liked the performative aspect of the project and could envision it large on a wall….and those who reacted strongly to the intimate aspect of seeing it running on the iPhone screen.

since the project was originally designed for the small screen in ITP’s 2×2 class, the comments were enough to encourage me to finally get around to iPhone application development. i’ve looked over various objective-c, cocoa and iphone docs over the past year, but never really made a commitment to actually learn or apply it. now i’m driven, and have come to love square braces :)

separately and coincidentally, sean from golden cheetah decided to extend justin and i write access to the svn codebase and the website. he’s been quite busy and gc development has stalled for it. although i’ve been busy with school, between the three of us we should be able keep abreast of patches and implement new features.

i’m trying to be cautious with the project…i don’t want to do something that will expose me as a (programming) fraud! justin and i were able to get it working happily in xcode…although the QMAKE_CXXFLAGS += -DGC_BUILD_DATE=”`date +’\”%a_%b_%d,_%Y\”‘`” compiler directive in src.pro was causing qmake to create non-parseable xcodeproj files…i think it may have to do with escaping special characters. justin sent a bug report to Qt…hopefully we’ll hear something at some point…for the time-being i’ve commented out the line in the .pro file and added a conditional define in MainWindow.cpp.

so, tinkering with the golden cheetah code has be getting me comfortable with code that isn’t java and i think i’ll be well on my way to get to with with cloud reader for iphone…come on apple and approve my developer application!

ITP Winter Show 2008

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

This evening is the first night of the 2008 Winter Show at ITP. My Cloud Reader project has been included, and I’ll be attending to it each night in the main hallway – surrounded by other really interesting work. The atmosphere on the floor last night was energized…almost like a festival. I’m excited for the show, having come full circle from one year ago when I visited ITP just before applying to the program.

It doesn’t really feel that long ago; it also feels like a long time ago.

It’s going to be a long and exciting day.